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August 31, 2015

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Aug. 27, 2015 — Researchers are turning to an unusual source -- otoliths, the inner ear bones of fish -- to identify the nursery grounds of winter flounder, the protected estuaries where the potato chip-sized ... read more

Soils Protect the Natural Environment

Aug. 27, 2015 — No matter where you live, soils protect the natural environment around ... read more

Turning Sewage Sludge Into Concrete

Aug. 28, 2015 — Dried sewage sludge could be an alternative cement material for concrete, researchers have ... read more

Aug. 26, 2015 — Astrobiologists draw upon what is known about Earth's most extreme lifeforms and the environments of Mars and Titan, Saturn's moon, to paint a clearer picture of what life on other planets ... read more

Aug. 25, 2015 — The Atlantic Circumpolar Current encircles Antarctica with a constant eastward flow in the Southern Ocean. Researchers determined that it originated 30 million years ago, several million years after ... read more

Aug. 25, 2015 — Scientists have developed a new visualization tool to predict the maximum cost of coastal flooding to communities around ... read more

California Levees' Vulnerability

Aug. 25, 2015 — With the ongoing extreme drought in California posing a threat to the state’s levee systems, there is an urgent need to invest in research regarding the vulnerabilities of critical infrastructure ... read more

Is Too Much Fresh Water Used to Water Florida Lawns?

Aug. 25, 2015 — Wasting fresh water is a real concern. A recent study conducted with homeowners in central Florida found that, on average, 64 percent of the drinking water used by homes went to irrigation. In the ... read more

Flood Damage After Hurricane Katrina Could Have Been Prevented, Experts Say

Aug. 24, 2015 — A decade after hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, experts say the flooding that caused over 1,800 deaths and billions of dollars in property damage could have been prevented had the U.S. Army Corps ... read more

Aug. 24, 2015 — Researchers using a bioinorganic hybrid approach to artificial photosynthesis have combined semiconducting nanowires with select microbes to create a system that produces renewable molecular hydrogen ... read more

Purifying Contaminated Water With Crab Shells

Aug. 24, 2015 — Scientists have found that crab shells are effective in removing copper and cadmium from contaminated ... read more

Trace Heavy Metals in Plastics Pose No Immediate Food Safety Threat but May Lead to Long-Term Environmental Problems

Aug. 24, 2015 — The trace amounts of toxic substances used to make plastics don’t contaminate the food or beverage products they contain at a significant level and pose no immediate threat to consumers, according ... read more

Aug. 24, 2015 — A 20-year plan to dramatically reduce phosphorus levels of agricultural water entering the Florida Everglades is ... read more

Demand for Coffee Can Create Ecological, Economic Rift With Poorer Nations

Aug. 23, 2015 — The explosion in worldwide coffee consumption in the past two decades has generally not benefitted farmers of coffee beans in poorer nations along the ... read more

Both Sides Framed Keystone XL Pipeline Debate in Nebraska

Aug. 22, 2015 — As supporters and opponents of the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline testified at public hearings in Nebraska between 2010-2013, several interest groups attempted to frame the debate in different ... read more

Melting Snow and Groundwater Levels in Sierra Nevadas

Aug. 20, 2015 — Changing climate conditions have caused dramatic changes in groundwater levels. A new study aimed at understanding the changes in soil wetting and drying that occur as snow melts in mountainous, ... read more

Aug. 20, 2015 — Scientists are cleaning soil contaminated by oil spills in a way that saves energy and reclaims the soil's fertility, using a process known as pyrolysis, which involves heating contaminated ... read more

Boreal Forests Challenged by Global Change

Aug. 20, 2015 — Forest management must adapt in order to ensure that forests stay healthy in a time of unprecedented environmental change, say experts. Boreal forests are one of the ecosystems most affected by ... read more

Aug. 20, 2015 — The Loa River water system of northern Chile's Atacama Desert, in the Antofagasta region, exemplifies the high stakes involved in sustainable management of scarce water resources. The Loa ... read more

Aug. 20, 2015 — Much of the European continent has been affected by severe drought in June and July 2015, one of the worst since the drought and heat wave of summer of 2003, according to the latest ... read more

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